Thursday, May 26, 2011

Artist Spotlight: Bonnie Fuchs

Alabama artist  Bonnie Fuchs is one of my new favorites - first off, she's a Dallas girl, which of course I love. But what I'm really crazy about is her painting style, which is influenced by coastal Mobile Bay where she's recently put down her roots. Her canvases have clean lines, soothing colors, and a high gloss finish. Here are a few currently for sale:

"My Wish" 48"x48" $1,950

12" x 36" $450

"Wait For Me" 48"x60" $2,250

"Into the Mystic", 48"x48", $1950

To see more of Bonnie's work, visit her Web site or shoot her an e-mail at 

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Sweet Dreams

We just wrapped up an estate sale at the University Park home of Lisa Whann (thank you, Lisa!) and I got a peek at her latest project, the bedroom for her three-year-old daughter. I have to admit, even though I LOVE being a mom to two sweet boys, I wouldn't mind having a daughter, really if anything just to decorate her bedroom! Lisa's designer Tracy Hardenburg did a great job, creating a room that works today for a three-year-old but will still be perfect in ten years for a teenager. 

So, here's a little tour. Isn't the bed dreamy? I love the combination of pink and orange. And can't you just imagine the sleepovers? The panels can be pulled closed all around the bed, perfect for making a fort. 

Here's a more detailed shot of the bed - beautiful monogrammed pillows and the pretty fabric. I forgot to ask Lisa about the art but it's the perfect complement. I prefer hanging "real art" in children's rooms - it keeps the space from feeling too juvenile, plus she'll love it when she gets older. 

The little acrylic table sits at the foot of the bed, and the small stool slips right underneath so it doesn't take up too much space. It's the perfect place to color or read a book. 

No detail was overlooked. Look at the window seat flanked by these sweet flower sconces. 

And here's her bulletin board custom made with pink ribbon Soon, I'm sure it will be covered with crafts from school. And someday, with Party Pics! 

Saturday, May 14, 2011

New Suzanne Kasler at Ballard Designs

I just finished flipping through my new Ballard Designs catalog, and I'm loving designer Suzanne Kasler's brand new collection. Here are a few things that caught my eye:

I'm thinking I might need one of those easels! What's on your list?

Monday, May 9, 2011

What's In Store

I unloaded some fun new things at my booth last week. Remember those French fashion prints I picked up at Round Top? Here they are framed and ready to go! 

The set of French documents is newly framed floating in glass. 

I found this simple alabaster lamp at Marburger Farm, then dressed it up with an acrylic base finial and linen drum shade. 

Another Round Top find reconfigured - this Italian barley twist fragment made into a lamp! 

Stop by soon to visit! 

And, I finally got to wear my Derby hat this past Saturday at the Think Ahead Group's fun Derby Party benefitting the Center for Brain Health. I was so proud for Polish & Patina to sponsor this great event. I would LOVE for some of my readers to join TAG this year. Click here to become a member! 

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Calypso Crazy

I don't know if you braved Target on Sunday, but it was madhouse. Calypso's collection debuted, and there were lots of ladies skipping church to get first pick. I admit, I was one of them. I had to bribe my boys up with a jumbo bag of M&Ms so they'd sit in the shopping cart, but it was worth it - I came home with some real cute stuff that was real bargain! So today, I set out (in my Target tunic, I might add)  for another Calypso fix - Dallas' newest home shop, Calypso Home.

Next Thursday is the official grand opening, but I had a chance to check it out this morning. The shop is bright and fun - shelves are stuffed with ethnic pillows, super soft throws and small accessories. There's also furniture and some interesting art. Here's a little tour:

Calypso Home
The Plaza at Preston Center (next to Swoozie's)
Preston Road at Northwest Highway
Dallas, TX